This is the main square in Victoria and is a popular venue with both locals and tourists.Its a great place to shop,eat or relax.There are plenty of restaurants,cafe's and bars surrounding the square and quite a few souvenier stores and grocery shops.This is also where Victoria's main market is,though its nothing special and doesent seem to sell anything different than any other market in Gozo or Malta.The square is an ideal meeting point for those wishing to explore the city with the Citadel and churches just a few minutes walk away.The square is often used for meeting points for festivals.
Located in the centre of Victoria just a few minutes walk from the Citadel this magnificent Basilica was built between 1672 and 1678.The parish originated from Byzantine times but it is documented in manuscript only in 1250 when it was a functioning parish church.At the time of completion it was the largest Christian church on Gozo and in Sept 1958 the church was bestowed the title of Baslica.
The feast of 'St.George the Martyr',protector of the island of Gozo and patron saint of the city,falls on the 23rd of April and is celebrated in the city centre.
The Citadel or Citadella lies in the heart of Victoria and is a fortified castle.it was first fortified during the Bronze Age around 1500 BC,it was later developed by the Phoenicians and continued development until,by Roman times,it had become a complex Acropolis.Up until the 18th century it was the only fortified refuge against attack for the inhabitants of Gozo.
Within its walls lies the 17th century Baroque Cathedral designed by 'Lorenzo Gafe' the Maltese architect who also built the Cathedral in Mdina in Malta.It is said it lies on the site where a Roman Temple dedicated to 'Juno' once stood.Other notable buildings inside include the Old Prison and the Courts of Justice.From the upper walls you can see all of Victoria and most of Gozo.
Opening times:Mon till Sat:10.00-13.00 and 13.30-16.30,closed Sundays and public holidays.
Entry is free.
Pjazza Indipendenza or It-Tokk or Indepndenca square is the very centre of Victoria. Om one side of this lively square, you will find the Church of St. james, built in 1.740.
Would you like to know what It-Tokk means?: Meeting Point.
This beautiful church was built in the 1.670s and suffered severe damages after the earthquake of 1.693. With the status of Basilica, it is dedicated to St. George.
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Inside the Citadel, the Cathedral was built by the maltese architcet lorenzo Galfa between 1.697 and 1.711.
Before the main facade, thera are two statues dedicated to:
- Piju IX (2nd pic)
- Gwanni Pawlu II (3rd pic)
Even though its quite small however its quite relaxing and its a nice experience. There are loads of nice shops around the flea market too and they are really not expensive. Come on go - try going down those narrow allies and you can find really good bargains !
One thing one must do is visit the Citadel which is Gozo's protected city as in 'Mdina' is to Malta ! The citadel is protected by high and thick bastions so that way back in the past it was difficult for the enemy to come in or climb up.
In the year ad 60, Saint Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked on Malta and, during an over three-month-long stay, he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to the islanders. A centuries-old tradition, partly proved by archaeological finds, relates how a Roman temple dedicated to Juno that dominated the ancient Citadel of Gozo, was dedicated by the early Christians to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
As usual in Malta there are many nice churches here, I took few photos, the one in the centre and another one by the fortress.
At the top of the fortress in one corner there is a nice café where you can have a drink and check out the few nice canons on site.
On a nice sunny day you can buy ice cream in the stand and walk to a shadow corner enjoying a moment of peace and relaxation.
There is beautiful fortress in Victoria, large fortress name citadel or as they say in Maltese: Cittadella. It is located at the top of the hill a distance walking from the centre.
Most interesting in Victoria is the old city of course. A place to walk around in the narrow streets, check some unique stores and few places for dinning too.
When visiting Gozo you cannot miss out from visiting Arkadia as this is the one place where you can buy load as of stuff from clothes, shoes, food, etc.